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News Release

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Media Relations

Subway Store Robbery, Caught on Tape NR10454pv

Los Angeles. LAPD detectives released video today of an apparent lone gunman who robbed a Subway sandwich shop this week, and got away with $1,600.

"The video is quite graphic in the way this suspect jumps the counter and pushed the employees around," said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division. "Turns out he was armed with a BB gun pistol, which he left behind."

Around 6:25 a.m., on September 14, a Black man, wearing a white baseball cap and black hoodie, ordered a sandwich at the counter of the Subway sandwich shop at 155 W. Washington Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles. As the employee prepares the sandwich, the robber pulls a gun from his jacket and jumps the counter. The employee runs into the backroom and another employee is surprised to discover the robbery in progress. The robber violently pushed the two employees back to the front counter, forcing the frightened employees on the floor. He grabs the money and jumps the counter again, giving one more warning to the employees before he leaves.

Witnesses described a 1998 to 1999 red Ford F-150 pick-up truck as the getaway car. Neither of the employees was injured, and police recovered the BB gun at the scene.

Robberies in the downtown area have dropped 17 percent this year over last year, which amounts to 59 fewer robberies.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Detective Lisa Schueller, Central Robbery Unit, at 213-972-1248. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Online tips may be placed at, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

Lt. Paul Vernon is available for interviews in English, and Detective Lisa Schueller can do interviews in Spanish.